I'm currently looking for an Archlinux alternative suitable for production servers, which means less "bleeding-edge" software but otherwise it should be really as close to Arch as possible, here are the main requirements.

  • Systemd-based
  • the package manager shouldn't touch config files; I don't want any of this "setup wizard" black magic commonly found on Debian and Ubuntu server; it may be good for beginners but will do more harm than good in my case
  • Arch-style manual installation, with a base system as minimal as possible, no extra services (imagine my sadness when I found out that CentOS installed about 10 services that weren't even applicable to my case as I wasn't running it in a VM nor using the specific RAID cards these services were designed to monitor)
  • no NetworkManager nor Firewalld heresy. Seriously, this is a server, not a desktop machine and the default iptables-save is more than enough. Again, looking at you CentOS and RHEL.
  • ready-to-use support for Docker or plain LXC; if possible via a package to install without compiling everything from source.
  • no bug reporting (like ABRT) or telemetry/stats of any kind. I don't even want to have such tools installed on the computer. The machines should keep a low profile and pinging an external web service for whatever reason is not acceptable, no matter what kind of privacy policy nonsense they put up.
  • common servers and languages (OpenSMTPd, Postfix, Dovecot, Nginx, PHP-FPM, MySQL/MariaDB, Node.js, Ruby, Python) should be available as packages
  • SELinux or equivalent RBAC support
  • Obviously, you discounted gentoo.org ? – Mawg Mar 20 '15 at 8:05
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    @Mawg I just haven't tried it (and I'm asking the question because I'm looking for someone having enough experience to tell me which one is best, otherwise I would just try all of them myself), but it looks just as bleeding-edge as Arch.. – user111 Mar 20 '15 at 8:41
  • Not an answer. But even though everywhere on the internet, all users of Archlinux recommend against using it in production, there is a little paragraph at the end of this page that describes a linux-lts package. I find it well worth more digging, as I am looking for the same thing as you are. Edit: Addition: Awesome Wiki entry for you. – aniketd Aug 19 '16 at 12:56

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